Title:

Conduct a Flight Operations Evaluation Board (FOEB)

Number:

4.1.201         Validation Date:     08/11/16      Approval Date:           12/12/16

Comments:

A FOEB is a technically qualified group of specialists responsible for matters related to a particular aircraft. The board’s responsibility is to develop and revise a Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for that aircraft. This process is intended for formal and “electronic” FOEBs.

Job Task Sponsor:

AFS-200

Job Series:

1825 Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations)

Function:

4.0 General Technical

Duty:

4.1 Aircraft Evaluation

Rating and Ranking

 

Difficulty:

Moderate to High

Importance:

Critical

Time to Accomplish:

Variable

Specialty

Frequency

OPS

On-demand

 

Course Numbers

none

 

 

 

 

 

PTRS Activity Codes

SAI

EPI

none

 

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

 

Regulatory Requirements

 

 

14 CFR 91.213

14 CFR 91.1115

14 CFR 121.628

14 CFR 125.201

14 CFR 135.179

 

Forms

none

 

Other Guidance

FAA Order 8000.51              Aircraft Certification Directorates’ Delegation of Authority

FAA Order 8100.5              Aircraft Certification Service – Mission, Vision, Organizational Structure and Functions

FAA Order 8110.4               Type Certification

FAA Order 8430.21             Flight Standards Division, Aircraft Certification Division, and Aircraft Evaluation Group Responsibilities

FAA Order 8900.1              Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), Vol. 8, Chap. 2, Sec. 3

AC 91‑70                            Minimum Equipment Requirements for General Aviation Operations Under FAR Part 91

Websites: MMELs and Flight Operations Policy Board Policy Letters – http://fsims.faa.gov

NOTE:  Ensure you are using the most current information. The Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), or current equivalent, may be used to obtain current guidance.

TASK DESCRIPTION:

Conduct a Flight Operations Evaluation Board (FOEB)

 

SUBTASK 1:

Receive request for a new or revised MMEL

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

A proposal may be received from a lead airline, an aircraft manufacturer, a STC holder, an operator or an FAA office.

Conditions:

Via mail, telephone, email, or other available communication means.

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices, applicable 14 CFR part, and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Knowledge:

Understanding of relationship between lead airline, manufacturer, STC holder, operator, FAA offices and FOEB Chairman. Understand the AEG Office practices and the guidance and policy in FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

 

 

SUBTASK 2:

Create AEG office project record

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1. Create AEG project record, and

2. Create file folders (if applicable).

Conditions:

AEG office files.

Standards:

In accordance with office practices for use of AEG filing.

Knowledge:

Office practices for use of AEG filing.

 

 

SUBTASK 3:

FOEB Chair will determine who will prepare the FOEB Agenda and the final MMEL

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

This may be a lead airline, manufacturer, STC holder or the FOEB Chairman. An aircraft MMEL lead airline is designated by the MMEL Industry Group (IG). An aircraft manufacturer may perform all of the tasks that a lead airline performs, if no lead airline is designated by MMEL IG.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Knowledge:

Understand the guidance and policy contained in FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3 and the process required to prepare the FOEB Agenda

 

 

SUBTASK 4:

Establish the FOEB

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Determine skills and qualifications required for board members,

2) Identify qualified individuals to serve as board members,

3) Contact identified individuals to determine availability,

4) Prepare memorandum designating board membership,

5) Forward memorandum to AFS-200 for information and

6) After memo coordination prepare FOEB member address/phone list.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Knowledge:

Understanding of the guidance and policy contained in FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Understanding of FOEB responsibilities and the skills required to be a board member.

Ability to use the FAA FACTS System used to find aircraft qualified Inspectors.

FAA office organization and of the requirement for potential member’s supervisors to approve their participation.

 

 

SUBTASK 5:

Establish FOEB meeting date(s), time(s) and location(s).

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Coordinate potential date(s) and location (s) with lead airline (if applicable), manufacturer (if applicable), STC holder (if applicable), and FOEB members.

2) Once established, advise FOEB members and BOS AEG of meeting date(s), time(s) and location(s).

3) Put meeting dates on office calendars

4) Reserve meeting rooms and necessary equipment

(i.e., computer and projector).

Conditions:

AEG Office/Workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Clear, timely, and accurate communication with all parties.

Knowledge:

Understanding of the guidance and policy contained in FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Understanding of MMEL development process and necessary lead times.

Understanding of BOS AEG role in MMEL development.

Understanding of the Office calendar system as well as the facility requirements and equipment for meeting.

 

 

SUBTASK 6:

Establish cutoff date for the lead airline, manufacturer, or FOEB Chairman to receive FOEB agenda proposals.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Coordinate this date with lead airline (if applicable) or manufacturer (if applicable) or STC holder (if applicable).

Conditions:

AEG Office/Workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Knowledge:

Understanding the guidance and policy contained in FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Understanding of MMEL development process and necessary lead times.

 

 

SUBTASK 7:

Advise AFS-200 of FOEB meeting

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

AEG will send a memo to AFS-200 of the scheduling of an FOEB meeting and to solicit agenda items. AFS-200 will share that information internally with the other policy divisions as necessary. Proposed items for the agenda should be prepared in a format specified by the FOEB Chairman and should be sent directly to the person or organization preparing the agenda by the cutoff date agreed on. Items will not be accepted after that date. This may be a Proposed Master Minimum Equipment List (PMMEL) for a new aircraft.

Conditions:

AEG Office/Workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Clear, timely, and accurate communication.

Knowledge:

Understand the policy and guidance contained in FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section 3.

FOEB agenda format.

PMMELs and MMEL Revisions.

 

 

SUBTASK 8:

Establish date for FOEB Chairman to receive FOEB agenda from lead airline (if applicable) or manufacturer (if applicable) or STC holder (if applicable) to prepare it him/herself.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Both an electronic and paper copy of the agenda must be prepared for the FOEB meeting and delivered to the FOEB Chairman or prepared by the FOEB Chairman.

Conditions:

AEG Office/Workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG Office practices, FAA Order 8430.21 and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section  3.

Accurate estimate of time needed to prepare agenda.

Knowledge:

Understand the guidance and policy contained in FAA Order 8430.21 and FAA Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chapter 2, Section  3.

Time required to accomplish the remaining subtasks before the meeting.

 

 

SUBTASK 9:

Coordinate with FOEB Members

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Send FOEB agenda, welcome letter, and travel authorizations, if applicable, to FOEB members (paper and electronic copies of each).

Conditions:

Email and/or postage mail

Standards:

In accordance with AEG office Policy

Knowledge:

Logistical information members need to know for attending meetings.

Travel authorization procedures.

 

 

SUBTASK 10:

Prepare presentation for FOEB in-house and industry meetings

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Create a presentation which describes the FOEB process and logistics to FOEB members. Create a similar one for the industry FOEB meeting. Both are presented at the beginning of each meeting.

Conditions:

Presentation software, AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Clear and concise

Knowledge:

FOEB process.

Use of presentation software.

 

 

SUBTASK 11:

Prepare electronic working draft version of agenda & minutes for meeting.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Derive from the agenda to be used by FOEB Chairman, or person taking meeting minutes, during FOEB meeting(s) to record FOEB positions.

Conditions:

Word processing software, AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Thorough and accurate

Knowledge:

Agenda items.

Word processing software.

 

 

SUBTASK 12:

FOEB Logistics Planning

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Prepare signs for outside meeting room(s), sign in sheets for meeting attendees, and name cards for meeting participants.

2) Confirm meeting room(s) reservation by contacting the person responsible for meeting room(s) approx. 2 weeks prior to meeting.

3) Obtain ID badges for FOEB members.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with accepted practices.

Knowledge:

Signage, room reservations, and badging.

 

 

SUBTASK 13:

Evaluate each FOEB agenda item prior to meetings.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Analyze each item

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation, Aircraft AFM, FOPB Policy

Standards:

Thorough and complete evaluation

Knowledge:

Proposed MMEL item assessment criteria: Operational and airworthiness impact, type certification requirements, aircraft flight manual (AFM) limitations, AFM normal/aircraft/abnormal/emergency procedures, crew training, crew workload, transfer of function, next most critical failure, Airworthiness Directives, & FAA Policy Letters. Subject aircraft systems.

 

 

SUBTASK 14:

Conduct FAA internal FOEB meeting(s) to establish FOEB initial positions on agenda items.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Welcome and personal introductions

2) Pass attendance roster

3) Deliver presentation from Subtask 10.

4) Establish FOEB initial position on each item.

5) Prepare members for industry FOEB meeting.

Conditions:

Meeting room(s). Tools: current AFM and/or AOM, current MMEL, latest FAA Policy Letters, other similar model MMELS. Keep FOEB minutes during meeting.

Standards:

Accepted meeting practices and protocols.

Knowledge:

Presentation software

Proposed MMEL item assessment criteria: Operational and airworthiness impact, type certification requirements, aircraft flight manual (AFM) limitations, AFM normal/aircraft/abnormal/emergency procedures, crew training, crew workload, transfer of function, next most critical failure, and Airworthiness Directives.

 

 

SUBTASK 15:

Conduct industry FOEB meeting(s)

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Welcome and personal introductions

2) Pass attendance roster

3) Deliver presentation from Subtask 10.

4) Distribute FOEB agenda, and minutes (if desired)

with initial positions on each item.

5) Respond to comments/questions from attendees.

6) Hold as “open items” items that can’t be resolved.

7) Assign each open item to an FOEB member for follow- up.

8) Set deadline for resolving open items.

9) Distribute attendance rosters to attendees

10) Provide estimated date for release of the MMEL

Conditions:

Meeting facilities

Standards:

Efficient and thorough.

Knowledge:

Presentation software

MMEL development process

 

 

SUBTASK 16:

Conduct FAA internal FOEB meeting(s) to establish FOEB final positions on agenda items.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Pass attendance roster

2) Establish FOEB final position on each item.

3) Hold as “open items” items that can’t be resolved

and assign each one to an individual FOEB member for follow-up.

Conditions:

Meeting room(s). Tools: current AFM and/or AOM, latest FAA Policy Letters, other similar model MMELS. Keep FOEB minutes during meeting.

Standards:

Efficient and thorough.

Knowledge:

Proposed MMEL item assessment criteria: Operational and airworthiness impact, type certification requirements, aircraft flight manual (AFM) limitations, AFM normal/aircraft/abnormal/emergency procedures, crew training, crew workload, transfer of function, next most critical failure, & Airworthiness Directives.

Subject aircraft systems.

 

 

SUBTASK 17:

Conduct flight (simulator or aircraft) evaluations of open agenda items

(if required).

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Review, revise (if necessary), and accept proposed flight evaluation(s) plan from applicant.

2) Conduct flight evaluations

3) Document findings

Conditions:

Simulator and/or aircraft

Standards:

Thorough and complete evaluation

Knowledge:

Flight evaluation/test procedures.

Proposed MMEL item assessment criteria: Operational and airworthiness impact, type certification requirements, aircraft flight manual (AFM) limitations, AFM normal/aircraft/abnormal/emergency procedures, crew training, crew workload, transfer of function, next most critical failure, Airworthiness Directives, & FAA Policy Letters.

Subject Aircraft Systems

 

 

SUBTASK 18:

Close open items.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Have the assigned FOEB member(s) evaluate additional data provided after the industry meeting(s) and/or from the flight evaluations on each open item.

2) Determine FOEB final position on open items.

3) Deny items for which sufficient data was not provided.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Reasonable conclusions.

Knowledge:

Proposed MMEL item assessment criteria: Operational and airworthiness impact, type certification requirements, aircraft flight manual (AFM) limitations, AFM normal/aircraft/abnormal/emergency procedures, crew training, crew workload, transfer of function, next most critical failure, Airworthiness Directives, & FAA Policy Letters).

Subject aircraft systems

 

 

SUBTASK 19:

Revise FOEB minutes with final positions.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Close out all items with final FOEB positions

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Accurate and complete

Knowledge:

Meeting minute standards.

 

 

SUBTASK 20:

Prepare, or have lead airline (if applicable) or manufacturer (if applicable) or STC holder (if applicable) prepare a draft MMEL.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Send final FOEB minutes to lead airline (if applicable), manufacturer (if applicable) or STC holder (if applicable)

2) Specify desired format and completion date.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Accurate and clear communication

Knowledge:

Word processing

 

 

SUBTASK 21:

Proofread draft MMEL

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Ensure draft MMEL correctly reflects FOEB final positions and complies with FAA policy letters.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Accurately reflect final FOEB positions.

Knowledge:

FAA Policy Letters

Word processing

 

 

SUBTASK 22:

Send draft MMEL to HQ (AFS-140) for web posting and public comments

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Send draft MMEL through HQ (AFS-140) for web posting and public comments. Request posting for 30 day comment period.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with with AFS-140 procedures

Knowledge:

AFS-140 MMEL process

 

 

SUBTASK 23:

Review public comments and make needed corrections to MMEL.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Review comments and determine if FOEB members need to evaluate them.

2) If appropriate, send comments to FOEB members, for their opinions.

3) Determine FOEB member position(s) on comments and reply as appropriate.

4) If appropriate, revise MMEL and FOEB minutes.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Clear communication with FOEB members

Knowledge:

AFS-140 MMEL process.

Public comment process.

 

 

SUBTASK 24:

Release final draft MMEL to HQ for concurrence.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Send final draft to AFS-200 requesting a review and concurrence.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Clear communication with AFS-200

Knowledge:

AFS-140 MMEL process

 

 

SUBTASK 25:

After HQ concurrence – Insert approval date in MMEL and send final approved version to HQ for posting on the Internet.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Send to HQ

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AFS-140 MMEL process

Knowledge:

AFS-140 MMEL process

 

 

SUBTASK 26:

Advise interested parties of approved MMEL

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Advise lead airline, manufacturer, FOEB members and any other interested parties.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG office procedures.

Knowledge:

MMEL notification process

 

 

SUBTASK 27:

Retain copy of approved MMEL

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Retain copy of approved MMEL in accordance with AEG office procedures

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with AEG office procedures

Knowledge:

AEG office procedures.

 

 

SUBTASK 28:

Close AEG office project record.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1. Close AEG project record, and

2. Close file folders (if applicable).

Conditions:

AEG office files.

Standards:

In accordance with office practices for use of AEG filing.

Knowledge:

Office practices for use of AEG filing.

 

 

SUBTASK 29:

Request stakeholder/customer feedback

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Solicit feedback from stakeholder(s) and/or customer(s) on the FOEB process.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

In accordance with stakeholder customer feedback process.

Knowledge:

Stakeholder customer feedback process.